Hilarious! Mario Party Switch Re-release Injury Warning
It was the summer of 1999.
In a dimly lit room; strewn with Mt. Dew cans, a Casey's Pizza box, and a pile of sneakers; 4 fourteen-ish year-old cousins celebrated a birthday by waging war! The battle of the ages was commencing; a 4-way free-for-all on the original N64 Mario Party.
The ordeal itself was a "blistering" and sometimes bloody affair! And if you understand that reference, than you're in good company.
Which bring us to Nintendo's "glove incident". The re-release of Mario Party is officially out on the Nintendo Switch and "palm blistering" was most definitely mentioned. As you "boot" up the "new" game you're issued a warning directly from Nintendo:
“CAUTION: To avoid irritation to your skin and/or damage to the control stick, do not rotate it with the palm of your hand. Rotate the control stick with your thumb or by holding it between your thumb and forefinger."
But wait there's more! I never knew this but, apparently Nintendo was actually ordered to "provide protective gloves" for injured players and was forced to pay $75,000 in legal fees.
Yup! Controversary from how you physically play the game. Most old-school gamers know, in Mario Party, some minigames required the rotation of the N64 analog stick. Some players (me included) reportedly got blisters, friction burns, and lacerations from rotating the stick with their palms; instead of using their thumbs. The reason for this occurring was two-fold.
- The design of the N64 controller and placement of the analog stick
- It provided a faster way to beat minigames
Although no lawsuits were filed, around 90 complaints were received by New York's attorney general's office. Nintendo of America eventually agreed to a settlement. At the time of the incident, providing an estimated 1.2 million gloves for US gamers could have cost Nintendo up to $80 million.
So have fun but be safe while you're playing Mario Party on the Switch. Nintendo's not providing "special gloves" for your torn-up palms.